Fairport, New York

Author, illustrator, storyteller, librarian

About Me

My Biography


  •   Born: Columbus, Ohio to Ralph H. (Owner of a 5 & 10 Store) and Virginia Robbins.

  • Grew up: Bexley, Ohio.
  • Elementary School: Bexley. Walked to school, carried my lunch.

  • Pets: Irish setter- Tammy; Collie - Taffy, Spider Monkey - Monkey, Mice,   Sheltie - Erin.

  • Childhood hobbies: ballet, dancing, drawing, swimming, playing "kick the can."

  • College: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Graduated B.A. in Art History & English.
  • Masters in Library Science, University of Maryland.

  • Current hobbies: traveling, swimming, reading, drawing, storytelling.
  • Favorite food: strawberries.
  • Favorite color: yellow
  • Favorite season: Fall

  • Lived in Bexley, Ohio; New Carrolton, Md.; Anchorage, Alaska; Memphis, Tenn.; Topeka, Kans.; Tahlequah, Okla.; Lexington, Ky.; Stillwater, Okla.; Kensington, Md., Fairport, N.Y.

  • Married with two grown children and three grandchildren.

My Life


 I am an author, illustrator, storyteller, and librarian. My passion is  writing  stories for children. I like to read, travel, and talk  about stories. As  a kid in Bexley, Ohio, I liked to write and  draw. I also swam, danced, rode  horses, played with my dog, and  tried to raise striped mice. (It didn't work.)

While the Head of  Children's Services in Anchorage, Alaska, I was inspired  to write  my first book, Don't Shoot. For my second book, Once Upon a Felt Board,  I put together a collection of my felt board stories that I  enjoyed telling. While living in Oklahoma, I learned to fly and became interested in women pilots. Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow  Lindbergh fascinated  me, so I wrote biographies about them. I  enjoyed writing these biographies because my history books often  overlooked the exciting things that women  did. 


As the Regional Children's Librarian at Wheaton Library in Maryland, I told stories and taught others how to put together story programs. I wrote Felt Board Story Times to help teachers and librarians save time planning theme-related story times, circle times, or week-long units. I also worked at the Pioneer Library System in New York as the Youth Services Consultant.